September 28, 2013

Tsukuba City, Japan

Photograph by Akira Takaue, Your Shot

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Your Shot contributor Akira Takaue was after a cityscape in Tsukuba when he came across this building in what he calls an uncommon suburban town. Located about 37 miles from Tokyo, it's known as Science City for its various national research facilities and structurally challenging architectural features. "I found this [building] with a beautiful exterior and regularly placed windows standing beside a crosswalk under the soft sunlight," Takaue says. "I aimed to capture only this wall combined with the pedestrian signal in a perfect flat-plane image without any optical distortions."

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35 comments
Mayumi N.
Mayumi N.

I've been in here, Tsukuba city.

Michael Pavoni
Michael Pavoni

Starkly, perfectly composed.  And a fortunate splash of red!

Srikanth Kicks
Srikanth Kicks

beauty of nature is so good........

good job and nice pick

Nikolai Cortez
Nikolai Cortez

Very interesting...it looks flat while at the same time having a nice pattern like some kind of abstract painting...hmmm

Shannon T
Shannon T

I love this shot. Nothing but black and white with the one little spot of color. Well done.

Caleb Hadley
Caleb Hadley

That's the coolest architectural design I've ever seen.  Great shot! 

Carlos Mendoza García
Carlos Mendoza García

I love it! I would not believe it's real if it wasn't for the crosswalk signals, now that's a great detail

David Hooks
David Hooks

The most brilliant thing to me about this photo is that the crosswalk signal characters are actually standing in the reflection of the real crosswalk :)

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

Awesome repetition and pattern. Very well executed.

Mim Keo
Mim Keo

Love black/white/red or bwr! Love minimalism. This is great.

Sandip Dey
Sandip Dey

Great execution ! I don't think, there is any selective coloring involved here (the red signal). But the photographer can confirm that. Overall, fantastic example of architecture photography.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

The theory of black box radiation suggests that you are unlikely to see inside an unlit room.

Notwithstanding this, the interior lives of these residents appear as dull as their building.  Only one person has let fresh air in.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor = 8/10 zoom lenses


Sergejs Babikovs
Sergejs Babikovs

Great vision and a fantastic architecture photographer, Dr. Takaue. However, if I am not mistaken, selective colouring (red pop in monochrome) is a violation of yourshot contribution guidelines, how it made to photo of the day is unclear.

Andrew Sible
Andrew Sible

@Sergejs Babikovs Not disagreeing, how do you know it's a B&W with a bit of red allowed through? (selective).  those stickers on the windows? the sign?

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